The country home of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area, was on Saturday, attacked by gunmen.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the governor’s village house in the early hours of Saturday, before torching it.
According to Channels TV, this was confirmed by the state Commissioner of Information, Declan Emelumba.
Emelumba said a combined team of security operatives attached to the house however, repelled the attack.
He said, “Gallant security operatives this morning repelled an attack on the Omuma country home of the governor of Imo State, Sen Hope Uzodimma.
“At about 9 am today, Saturday, April 24th, a group of hoodlums numbering about 15 driving in a motorcade of three vehicles accompanied by a tipper loaded with used tyres, stormed the country home of the governor in Omuma, Oru East LGA and attempted to burn down the house.
“However, vigilant security operatives attached to the Governor’s house successfully repelled the attack and consequently minimised the damage they had planned to unleash.
“In the crossfire that ensued a few casualties were recorded. Preliminary investigation suggests that the foiled attack may have been politically sponsored.”
The information commissioner added that security agencies have been asked to investigate the incident, promptly apprehend the sponsors and their agents and bring them to justice
SWITCH NIGERIA learnt from reports that even though it could not be ascertained if there was any loss of life, reports say two security operatives were killed during the attack.
Some sources are alleging that the attack was carried out by suspected members of the Eastern Security Network of IPOB.
One security detail in the compound was shot in the process, according to eyewitnesses.
The attack comes barely 24 hours after Uzodinma accused politicians of funding banditry to run down the present administration.
The state has of late, witnessed series of attacks.